by Wilford Freeman
taken from Family History of George Richard and Euphemia Jane Freeman (1990),
compiled by Glen R. Freeman
I don’t know very much about my grandmother Freeman. I didn’t get to see her very often–not nearly as much as Grandfather. Her name was Charlotte Emma Goss. She was the eldest child of Enoch and Charlotte Stanley Marshall Goss. She was born in Olney, Buckinghamshire, England on 28 January 1863 1
She grew up to be a fine looking, brown eyed girl. Her beauty was destroyed by the dreaded disease of smallpox which caused so many deaths all over the world at that time. Her face was covered with pock marks. This, I am sure, saddened her and her parents, although they were thankful that she was still alive.
She had three sisters all younger than herself and one brother. The sisters were named Rosetta Mary Goss, born 4 July 1840; Sarah Naomi Goss, born 16 October 1844; and Grace Hannah Goss, born 4 July 1846. Her brother was William John Goss, born 23 February 1843. All were born in Olney, Buckinghamshire, England.
William grew up to be a boxer and never married. He died 14 January 1871.
Rosetta Mary Goss married Thomas Stratton. She died 24 September 1904.
Sarah Naomi Goss married Alfred Denton. She died 1 July 1899.
Grace Hannah Goss, unfortunately was both deaf and dumb. In her later years she married another person who was deaf and dumb, John Bonham. She died 1 February 1919.
At the age of twenty-two, Charlotte Emma Goss married my grandfather, Richard Freeman, in Olney on 10 October 1858. She became the mother of seven children as follows:
|George Richard Freeman
Thomas Charles Freeman
William Henry Freeman
Harriet Ann Freeman
Richard Henry Freeman
|born 29 June 1859
born 22 March 1861
born 14 August 1862
born 26 August 1863
born 17 December 1864
born 12 July 1866
born 8 May 1869
|died 17 July 1943
died 24 March 1861
died 7 July 1907
died 26 November 1864
died 12 August 1865
died 10 April 1867
died 21 July 1870
I have heard my mother say that my grandmother Freeman worked very hard to help earn a living for the family. During the late spring and early summer she picked the blossoms of the cowslip, the oxlip, and some other flowers, prepared the blossoms and carried them to Northampton, twelve miles away, to sell them for making wine. She was able to get a few pennies this way to help out. She could pick some of the blossoms in the fields because there was plenty of rain for plants to grow.
She helped in many other ways besides her work at home.
The last few years that my grandparents lived, they lived in my father’s house, and he helped to provide for them. I remember being taken into my grandmother’s bedroom just a few days before she died. She was dressed up in her best clothes, with her bonnet on, sitting in an armchair at her bedside. My father had had her picture taken right in the room just before I went there. The fireplace with the mantle shelf above and pictures of her family on the wall and the candlesticks on the edge of the mantel, and other things are plainly shown in this picture.
I did not see my grandmother as often as I did my grandfather. Her health was poor when I was a youngster. She died 14 November 1900 and was buried in the cemetery in the churchyard of Saint Peter’s and Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in the south part of Olney – not very far from the River Ouse. She was buried in the same grave that my grandfather was buried in two years previously.
I remember the grave very well. It was a short distance inside the west gates on the left-hand side of the road or pathway. My father leveled off the top of the mound just enough to plant a few pansies there. I remember visiting it with my father several times.
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1. Kay and Marilyn Freeman NOTE:
In the Salt Lake Genealogical Library, film 0919243, Baptisms in the Parish of Olney from 1813 to 1851, page 112, line 895, Charlotte Emma Goss is listed as being born 28 January 1836 and christened 12 June 1836. Return to Top of Page